Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
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Rabbi David Gutterman
I've played it on two continents and answered the questions wrong in two languages. It's a television game show called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" -- and, yes, it's already in Israel. So let's play. The category is fifth-grade American history. Question: What do these famous people -- Richard Johnson, George Dallas and William King -- have in...
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At a recent Saint Joseph's University event -- one which was supposed to examine Israel's 60th anniversary from the perspective of Catholic-Jewish relations -- the two participants actually spent a good part of the time discussing Islam, especially the struggle in the Muslim world between religious moderates and those extremists now calling for a jihad against the West. The Jewish...
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The Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the minyan it created nine years ago are parting ways. The Center City-based outreach organization is getting set to move to a smaller space, and dedicate more of its resources to staffing and programming. At the same time, the informal prayer group that was under its auspices has evolved into an independent...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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